The NRA and Mass Shootings Have Made the US a Lot Like the Movie Brazil


Brazil is a brilliant film, and also my favorite Christmas movie of all time. The fact that American society is veering closer to the dystopian horror portrayed in Gilliam's classic is quite worrying indeed.
I wish this were true. Given that the whole idea of terrorism is to terrorize, the whole enterprise would become rather pointless if we all responded with a British yawn.

Unfortunately, there's too much money to be made peddling hysterical reactions in the media.
Strange, seem like only yesterday I was referencing another Terry Gilliam film, Baron Munchauzen, with Jonathan Pryce's character warning about barbarians at the gate.
Good Evening Charles,
I too, really like 'Brazil'. It's Gilliam's masterpiece. I find it more a spoof of bureaucracy than anything else. I've seen it few times and it still hasn't lost its luster.

You might have a point but it's fairly weak from my view. First of all, the NRA hasn't made the US a lot like the movie Brazil'. No, it hasn't. The country is ill at ease and I don't believe Pres. Obama has done a good job soothing the nation's anxieties especially regarding Terrorism. Yes, I concur America is heavily armed. I think it always has been even prior to the founding of the NRA (1879?). Americans just 'grew up' with an affinity to firearms. Recently, film & TV have also exacerbated that affinity (Seriously does a gun, usually a hand gun have to be featured in film advertisements?).

Yes, I get the scenario played out in the wake of mass shootings. Tragic and alas, recurrent. I'm not so sure why so many appear to be occurring in the past 5-10 years. It's baffling.
@4: so many more are occurring because there are so many more guns. but you're right; it's probably obama's fault for not "soothing the nation's anxieties".

do you think the armed half of this country can be soothed by him regarding any issue? he says this can't go on, and they line up to buy more guns.
In Brazil the bombings were perpetrated by the government to keep the people afraid and disenfranchised.

@6: And a surprising number of wingnuts (including cops) think that the mass shootings are part of a "false flag" operation to take away their guns.
not surprised charles
Operation Northwoods was a proposed operation against the Cuban government, that originated within the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of the United States government in 1962. The proposals called for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or other US government operatives to commit acts of terrorism against American civilians and military targets, blaming it on the Cuban government, and using it to justify a war against Cuba. The proposals were rejected by the Kennedy administration.[2]

At the time of the proposal, communists led by Fidel Castro had recently taken power in Cuba. The operation proposed creating public support for a war against Cuba by blaming it for terrorist acts that would actually be perpetrated by the US Government (so called "false flag operations").[3] To this end, Operation Northwoods proposals recommended hijackings and bombings followed by the introduction of phony evidence that would implicate the Cuban government. It stated:

The desired resultant from the execution of this plan would be to place the United States in the apparent position of suffering defensible grievances from a rash and irresponsible government of Cuba and to develop an international image of a Cuban threat to peace in the Western Hemisphere.

Several other proposals were included within Operation Northwoods, including real or simulated actions against various US military and civilian targets. The operation recommended developing a "Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington".

The plan was drafted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signed by Chairman Lyman Lemnitzer and sent to the Secretary of Defense. Although part of the US government's anti-communist Cuban Project, Operation Northwoods was never officially accepted; it was authorized by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but then rejected by President John F. Kennedy. According to currently released documentation, none of the operations became active under the auspices of the Operation Northwoods proposals.
Brazil is wonderful, but maybe 12 Meinkeys is better? Anyway, does your dog bite?